It seems that I love assigning myself rather long-term projects ...
This one is for my granddaughter - I've bought her a Blythe doll & the idea is that every winter and every summer I will make the doll an outfit that reflects the fashion of the time. Not haute couture / strange cat-walk fashion but what I see young trendy women wearing on the street. Then when granddaughter has one of those VIBs (Very Important Birthdays) - 18, 20, 21 ??? she will get the doll and a collection of outfits - 2 for each year of her life.
Of course I'm behind with the project but after a flurry of knitting I've finished the outfits for last year!
Winter 2010 -
In grey self striping sock yarn (a cotton blend called "On-Line") a little suit. Simple pencil skirt and not-at-all-simple short jacket. Little jackets like this were still very in this year and they do remind me of the fashions of the 19teens - feminised tail-coats etc. Anyways - I did lots of short-rows to make the almost circular peplum - long at the back with a box pleat, curving up to a raised waist in the front.
Summer 2010 / 2011
Teeny weeny shorts - in a denim coloured yarn (again meant for socks) and a bat-wing top. Very 2010 / 11 and also quite 1980s - there is nothing new under the sun!
The top is in a lace-weight yarn (Knit Picks Shimmer) I loved this yarn in the skein but when I started to knit a shawl with it I didn't like the way the colours pooled - on this tiny project the short length variegations work much much better.
And a little Post Script: Just before Violetta & I did this photo-shoot I got new prescription glasses (now on multi-focals which does make me feel old!!) However, I must really have needed new glasses as I'd not noticed before that Violetta has really pretty painted nails - lavender colour :-)